Artwork Requirements

Small format print

That's the name we give to all our digital or litho print, such as business cards, leaflets flyers, booklets etc.

Artwork Set-Ups Small Format


While it's true that we can print from a wide range of file types, we recommend you use the following specs for the best possible result:

  • Format: JPEG or PDF, Indesign,EPS (encapsulated PostScript, CS6 or below)
  • Colour: Four Colour Process (CMYK)
  • Bleed: 3mm
  • Safe Zone: 3mm
  • Resolution: 300dpi
  • Fonts: Outlined or Embedded
  • File Naming: indicate who you are, what it is e.g. onsurfacebizcards.pdf
  • Crop Marks: please
  • Scale: 100% / Actual Size

Hints and tips for small format

  • The file is supplied as four-colour process CMYK and not RGB colour space. If you are unfamiliar with this terminology don't worry, we will convert it for you, though some colours may look washed out.
  • The document's page size is the finished trim size.
  • Fonts are embedded or converted to outlines so no fonts are needed.
  • All scans resolution are 300 dpi at 100% of the final image size.
  • Images are embedded in the file.
  • Files are supplied with 3mm bleed.
  • Any trim, score or fold marks are indicated and outside the live print area.
  • Artwork is at least 5mm from the edge of the page; this is regarded as a safe or quiet area.
  • Black text is 100% black and not a mix of CMYK. you can create a "True Black" ask for details
  • White text is not set to overprint.
  • Any multiple-page PDF consists of single pages running from the front cover through to the back cover, including blank pages if needed.
  • If folded, check artwork is setup correctly for these folds.

We have template files for you to use, please email us with your requirements..



Wide format print

This is the name we give to our digital printed signs, banners, fabric materials, exhibition stands.

Artwork Set-Ups Wide Format


While it's true that we can print from a wide range of file types, we recommend you use the following specs for the best possible result:

  • Format: PDF, Indesign,EPS (encapsulated PostScript, CS6 or below)
  • Colour: Four Colour Process (CMYK)
  • Bleed for Banners: Standard Banners 5mm - Double Sided Banners 10mm - Flags and Polyester Materials 30mm
  • Safe Zone: Recommend 80mm
  • Resolution: 150dpi or 300dpi
  • Fonts: Outlined or Embedded
  • File Naming: indicate who you are, what it is e.g. onsurfacebanner.pdf
  • Crop Marks: please
  • Scale: 100% or 50% or 25% (this reduces file size considerably)

Hints and tips for large format

  • The file is supplied as four-colour process CMYK and not RGB colour space. If you are unfamiliar with this terminology don't worry, we will convert it for you, though some colours may look washed out.
  • The document's page size is the finished trim size.
  • Fonts are embedded or converted to outlines so no fonts are needed.
  • All scans resolution are 300 dpi at 100% of the final image size.
  • Images are embedded in the file.
  • Files are supplied with at least a 5mm bleed.
  • Any trim, score or fold marks are indicated and outside the live print area.
  • Artwork is at least 80mm from the edge of the page; this is regarded as a safe or quiet area.
  • Black text is 100% black and not a mix of CMYK.
  • White text is not set to overprint.
  • Any multiple-page PDF consists of single pages running from the front cover through to the back cover, including blank pages if needed.
  • It's a simple rule but one that makes all the difference. It's very tempting to use a banner or large format print to get across every possible message and cram it full of content and images. However from an end user perspective, big, bold and simple messaging and graphics is the most effective way to grab attention as well as looking professional and confident.

We have template files for you to use, please email us with your requirements.